About Luke


J. Luke Wood, PhD, is Associate Professor of Community College Leadership and the Director of the Doctoral Program Concentration in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University (SDSU). Wood teaches courses on assessment, evaluation, and quantitative research in the master’s program in student affairs and in the doctoral program in community college leadership. Dr. Wood is Co-Director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), a national project of the Interwork Institute at SDSU that partner with community colleges across the United States to enhance access, achievement, and success among minority male community college students. He is also Co-Editor of the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, Chair-Elect for the Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), and Director of the Center for African American Research and Policy (CAARP).

Wood’s research focuses on factors impacting the success of Black (and other minority) male students in the community college. In particular, his research examines contributors (e.g., social, psychological, academic, environmental, institutional) to positive outcomes (e.g., persistence, achievement, attainment, transfer, labor market outcomes) for these men.  Dr. Wood has authored over 80 publications, including five co-authored books, five edited books, and 40 peer-reviewed journal articles. Wood is the co-author of five textbooks, Community College Leadership & Administration: Theory, Practice, and Change (2010, Peter Lang), Leadership Theory in the Community College: Applying Theory to Practice (2013, Stylus), Ethical Leadership in Community Colleges: Theory and Case Studies (in press, Information Age), Black Male Collegians: Increasing Access, Retention, and Persistence in Higher Education (in press, ASHE-Higher Education Report), and Black Men in Higher Education: A Guide for Advancing Success (in press, Routledge). He is also co-editor of the books, Black Men in College: Implications for HBCU’s and Beyond (2012, Routledge), Black Males in Postsecondary Education: Examining their Experiences in Diverse Institutional Contexts (2012, Information Age), Community Colleges and STEM: Examining Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities (in press, Routledge), STEM Models of Success: Programs, Policies, and Practices in the Community College (2014, Information Age), and Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through PhD (in press, Stylus).

Dr. Wood is a former recipient of the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from which he served as research fellow at the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research (SIHER), Stanford University. He has also served as a Young Academic Fellow for the Institute for Higher Education Policy and Lumina Foundation. His scholarship and professional practice have been lauded through awards and honors, including: the Council for the Study of the Community College Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award; the National Association for Student Personnel Administrator’s Newly Published Research Award from the Knowledge Community on Men and Masculinities; the ASHE Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship; the ASU Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate Award, the ASU Fulton College Dean’s Excellence Award for Graduate Research, the Sacramento Observer’s the Top 30 under 30 Award, the ASU Fulton College Robert H. Fenske Fellowship for Higher & Postsecondary Education (ASU Fulton College); and the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching  and Learning Distinguished Fellows Presentation Co-Award.

Wood received his PhD (2010) in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education from Arizona State University (ASU). He also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Black History and Politics from California State University, Sacramento. Luke is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.